Originally posted by 49erThrowback:Originally posted by Joecool:Originally posted by glorydayz:
Now when I look at JH's background and what he has been able to do at Stanford & San Diego you can see that he never really focused on (superstar) Athelete's meaning the fastest or the strongest players.
So now he wants to make sure that he is adding "FOOTBALL PLAYERS" and not just superstar fill-in's.
Ted Ginn would probably be the best athlete on the team, however we all know he is not the best football player on the team.
Football player = smart (do as you are coached/play within the system), tough, hungry guys that get it done!
Athlete = Speed, strength, physical ability is off the charts, more ME focused.
Am I right here?
I like this if this is the plan, Because I know he didn't have the best athletes at Stanford or San Diego.
Maybe because no superstar athlete wanted to commit to Stanford or SD. This is the NFL, and he can do some things with "football" players but he can't win Superbowls without superstar athletes.
Interestingly, Bill Belichick has been winning games -- and a couple Superbowls -- mostly with players who have been notable mostly for *not* being superstar athletes. Tom Brady is a superstar, sure, but he's not an athlete (i.e., not athletic compared to most of his competition). But many Patriots starters were too [insert derogatory term here] for the teams that let them go.
Ironically, when Belichick finally assembled a team of superstar athletes, they went undefeated until they fell in the Superbowl to a team decidedly inferior in that way (i.e., a team of mostly no-names).
Arguably, Green Bay did the same last year, as a wild card team beating opponents who on paper had more superstar athletes, but did not operate as well as a team.
Not saying the Niners will win more than 4-5 games next season, but collecting a slew of superstar athletes may not make much difference. Just ask Jerry Jones...
You bring up a good point, Brady is what I call a "made superstar" he wasn't born with it physically. His mind & his arm are what makes him a superstar. You could say the same thing about Joe Montana, he wasn't drafted until the third round!
Redskins/cowboys & many other teams that try to use the Eddie D formula come up short because todays superstar athlete is a ME guy with speed!